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You Said It: Best Fries in Oxford

28 Dec

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On November 29, asked Facebook and Twitter followers to give their opinion on the Best Fries in Oxford. Below is a tally of the votes (those shown without a number received one vote). Do these opinions match your own?

  • Snackbar (13 votes)
  • Proud Larry’s (7 votes)
  • Lamar Lounge (5 votes)
  • Coop de Ville (2 votes)
  • Oby’s
  • McEwen’s
  • Taylor Grocery
  • Handy Andy
  • Abner’s
  • The Beacon
  • Petra Cafe
  • McDonald’s


You Said It: Favorite Meal in Oxford

28 Jul

On July 17, asked its Facebook and Twitter followers to complete the following sentence:

My favorite meal in Oxford is ____________________.

Check out the results below to see if anyone named your favorite!

Responses on Twitter

@lefreela: Literally anything from Ajax or Taylor Grocery

@SouthrnGrlRebel: I love the BBQ quesadilla @ Rib Cage Oxford.

@Bigrigy55: sliders at Blind Pig.

@rpkelly: Ajax meatloaf with cheese grits and squash casserole or boneless fried catfish from Taylor with hushpuppies, and sweet tea.

@laurambryant: alcohol

@hsessums: Catfish Lafitte 2000 at Bouré. Substituted mashed potatoes for the vegetable.

@MsBellaF: veggie plate at Ajax

@mhdean3: the chicken snackbar has in the fall along with their delicious grits!

@RyainAlexander: Matty’s mom’s meatloaf @ Ajax.

@OleMissRebelFan: gyro and hummus at Volta.

@cbuttgen: Ajax meatloaf, Mac-n-cheese and green beans.

@itsmeConnor: the four cheese pizza from Old Venice! Hands down the best.

@wbrisher: Country fried steak at Ajax. Really anything at Ajax.

Responses on Facebook 

Sarah Kathryn Hopkins: Mini burgers at Ravine

Massey Scott: Abita strawberry

Amanda Heins: Thai green curry with tofu at Rice and Spice

Shannon Renee: French Dip with sweet potato fries at Bouré

Taylor Grocery Starts Up Lunch Again

12 Sep

After a summer hiatus, Taylor Grocery has started its lunch service again Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Plate lunches include items such as spaghetti, hamburger steak, smoked chicken, and fish plates to accompany a variety of veggie side items.

For more information, visit the Taylor Grocery website.

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27 Reasons to Eat Outside

18 May


With the forecast reading “sunny skies” for several days to come, it’s time to revisit all of the opportunities we have to eat outdoors here in Oxford. Let’s run down the list (in alphabetical order) one more time since there have been some new restaurants added since last summer.

  1. Abner’s
  2. Bottletree Bakery
  3. El Mariachi
  4. Frank & Marlee’s
  5. High Point Coffee
  6. Honey Bee Bakery
  7. Panini
  8. Round Table On the Square
  9. Main Squeeze
  10. McAlister’s Deli
  11. Mink’s On the Park
  12. Newk’s
  13. The Noodle Bowl
  14. Oby’s
  15. Olivia’s Corner Market (Taylor)
  16. Olivia’s Food Emporium
  17. Phillip’s Grocery
  18. Proud Larry’s
  19. Rooster’s
  20. The Shak
  21. Soulshine Pizza Factory
  22. South Depot Taco Shop
  23. Snackbar
  24. Subway (on University)
  25. Taqueria el Milagro
  26. Turkuaz Café
  27. Volta Taverna

UPDATE: One more addition from an reader: Ravine

Where are some of your favorite spots for al fresco dining? I prefer a location away from the traffic with ample shade and comfortable chairs.

Find contact info and menus for the restaurants above by clicking here.

New Debuts in Taylor this Weekend

5 May

If you’ve been craving a drive out to Taylor, this coming weekend is the weekend to go!

In addition to the Taylor’s Farmer Market holding its first sale day of the summer on Saturday, the new Olivia’s Corner Market, which officially opens for business on Thursday in the former location of Emileigh’s Table, will also be serving a full breakfast and lunch for all of you hungry shoppers on Saturday.

For those familiar with Olivia’s Food Emporium on the Square, owner Mary Catherine Guest is now bringing her love of Italian cooking to the Plein Air neighborhood of Taylor, where she’ll be serving up authentic Italian food, buffet style. Dishes you can look forward to include lasagna, stuffed artichokes, veal parmesan, meatballs, stuffed rolled meat, eggplant parmesan and more. Mary Catherine also plans to offer what she says is one of the best burgers around as well as many of the dips and spreads that are currently found at Olivia’s Food Emporium.

The upper floor of Olivia’s Corner Market will be transformed into an event space with a ballroom, and there are plans for events to be held both inside and outside of the restaurant in the near future. A brown-bag option is also in the works.

Hours for Olivia’s Corner Market are: Thursday/Friday (lunch), Saturday (breakfast/lunch), Sunday (lunch).

The Taylor Farmer’s Market will be held 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday with more than two dozen vendors selling produce and plants, a performance by Chauncey and The Beast, and Kidfest hosted by Plein Air Montessori.

Been to The Taylor Farmers’ Market?

31 Aug

I made my way out to Taylor Farmers’ Market this past weekend and came home with some unique finds—San Marzano tomatoes, pickled watermelon rinds and more.

If you haven’t found the time to get out there on a Saturday morning yet, you’re quickly running out of time. The Market only runs through October, so if you enjoy locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, handcrafted art and free music, don’t miss the chance to find it all in one place, especially now that the weather is cooling off.

The Taylor Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Supporting a Sustainable Oxford

11 Apr

Photo: FarmToMenu

Part of what makes Oxford, Mississippi, so unique is the widespread feeling of support for local businesses. The new website is the perfect testament to this ideal. Launched by Daniel Morrow (some of you may know him as the Oxford Music Snob), the site focuses on showcasing local growers and the restaurants in Oxford that help support them.

More and more we see a growing trend toward sustainability and the purchase of local ingredients. As Daniel points out, it’s not always easy to know who is supporting this movement, and even some restaurateurs may not fully understand how easy it can be to incorporate fresh, locally grown ingredients into their menu offerings.

Through the site, local farmers and restaurateurs have the opportunity to post information, photos and videos about themselves. Consumers can then find exactly where to go if they’re searching for locally obtained meats and vegetables. It’s a site you’ll want to bookmark and revisit often as I’m sure it will continually be updated.

Some restaurants already listed in the directory include:

  • Ravine
  • Honeybee Bakery
  • Emileigh’s Table
  • Big Bad Breakfast
  • Tallulah’s Kitchen
  • Snackbar
  • Boure
  • Bottletree Bakery
  • Deli News
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